about Patio Heaters

What is infrared or radiant heat?

Infrared heat is like the warming rays of heat you get from a potbelly stove or from the sun.

How does infrared work?

Heat radiates from a hot emitter surface made of ceramic or stainless steel to heat people and objects. People and objects become warm without heating the air.

What are the benefits of an infrared heater?

Infrared heaters allow heat to be focused directly on people and be absorbed by the solid objects around them. Tables may become warm to the touch even though the surrounding air remains cool. For this reason, it can be effective outdoors where other forms of heating are not.

Is Infrared heat harmful?

Infrared is a wave length similar to light, but at the far end of the visual light spectrum. Harmful ultraviolet light (UV) is at the other end of the spectrum. Unlike UV, infrared heat (IR) will not attract insects, cause sunburn or cause cancer.

Will Infrared heaters work in the wind?

Heaters have been tested in light breezes, but their effectiveness will diminish with the intensity of the breeze. As the wind blows harder, your body heat is lost more quickly from exposed skin making you feel colder even though the air temperature remains the same. As rule of thumb, you would need twice as many heaters for a 5-mph breeze.

How are outdoor heaters different than regular heaters?

Outdoor heaters utilize radiant heat to heat people and objects directly without heating the air. Outdoor heaters can operate in minor breezes and are rain resistant.

What kind of care and maintenance is required for outdoor heaters?

Heaters should be maintained at least once a year or at the beginning of the heating season. Care should be taken to ensure that heaters remain structurally secure, heaters light up smoothly, and the flame pattern should appear normal. Additionally, gas connections should be checked for possible leaks using a soap and water solution. Heaters may need a tune-up when not operated for a long period of time as cobwebs and other debris may diminish the heater’s efficiency.